Richard Wagner - Total Artwork and Beyond (Biography)
Richard Wagner - Total Artwork and Beyond is the biography of Richard Wagner, an important German composer, conductor, music theorist, and essayist, who is primarily known for his operas, "music dramas." Unlike most other great opera composers, Wagner always wrote the scenario and libretto for his works himself. Wagner's compositions, particularly those of his later period, are notable for their contrapuntal texture, rich chromaticism, harmonies and orchestration, and elaborate use of leitmotifs: musical themes associated with specific characters, locales, or plot elements. Wagner pioneered advances in musical language, such as extreme chromaticism and quickly shifting tonal centres, which greatly influenced the development of European classical music. He transformed musical thought through his idea of Gesamtkunstwerk, or total artwork, the synthesis of all the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts, epitomized by his monumental four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (1876). Wagner even went so far as to build his own opera house to try to stage these works as he had imagined them. Wagner was an extremely prolific writer, authoring hundreds of books, poems, and articles, as well as voluminous correspondence, throughout his life. His writings covered a wide range of topics, including politics, philosophy, and detailed analyses (often mutually contradictory) of his own operas. Richard Wagner - Total Artwork and Beyond is highly recommended for those interested in reading more about this accomplished composer and author.
- Paperback | 64 pages
- 149.86 x 220.98 x 5.08mm | 90.72g
- 31 May 2008
- United States
- black & white illustrations